Paul Mills, IUSD’s longtime director of Alternative and Adult Education, has been named an Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. Mills, who also serves as principal of Creekside High School, was nominated for the honor in the category of “continuation/educational options administrator” for ACSA’s Region 17, which includes Orange County. He’ll go on to compete for the same recognition at the state level.
University High Athletic Director Mark Cunningham has been named a 2009-10 CIF Model Coach Award winner – a distinction earned by only 13 coaches in the state. The California Interscholastic Federation's Model Coach Award program annually honors coaches who have served as positive role models and exhibited the traits outlined in the CIF's 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor. Nominees for the award were selected through their local CIF Section offices.
And IUSD's High School Teacher of the Year is ... Jeanne Jelnick, the popular English teacher at Uni. With her husband, Jerry, in attendance, Jelnick learned of the honor in the staff lounge, where she and her colleagues had gathered for an announcement. Afterward, she sought to share the praise with her fellow Uni teachers.
Add Thomas Hsu to the growing list of IUSD students who have earned perfect scores on the SAT. Hsu, a junior at University High School, recently learned that he aced every multiple-choice question on the famed college entrance exam. But what makes this tale all the more extraordinary is that his older sister, Tiffany Hsu, also scored a flawless 2400 on the SAT when she took it three years earlier. The Orange County Register has the story here.
A University High School senior has been named a semifinalist in the annual Intel Science Talent Search, America’s oldest and most prestigious high school science competition. Sumit Mitra is among 300 seniors from 175 high schools across the country to advance in this year’s contest. He and the other semifinalists will each receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation, with an additional $1,000 going to their respective schools.
In case you missed it, a University High student recently achieved perfection on the SAT. Hope Xu, a junior at Uni, accomplished what less than 0.02 percent of test-taking seniors did last year, posting a flawless 2400 on the college entrance exam. The Orange County Register has the story here.